Michelle Schenker

Michelle is the proud co-founder of Canine Journal and a dog lover through and through. She oversees the business's day-to-day operations, insurance, and marketing and brings over two decades of corporate business experience. Michelle is a licensed insurance professional and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of Dog Writers Association of America and her expert advice and opinions have appeared in outstanding media outlets, including Newsweek, The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, and more. Michelle led strategic planning, marketing, and growth efforts for national brands including Bank of America, Mattel, Hanes, and licensed products including Harry Potter and Batman. However, her first job in the canine field started in 1999 at a dog bakery! Since the day she was born, Michelle has lived in a home full of dogs. Her adult home in North Carolina is no exception, where she and her husband (Alex) live with Lily and Barley, their two adorable rescue pups. Her favorite moments include walks in nature with the dogs, watercolor painting, practicing yoga, traveling the globe, and dancing her butt off at Jazzercise.

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4 Mental Health Benefits Of Music For Humans & Dogs

Music can benefit both human and canine mental health in several key areas. The right music can help reduce anxiety, decrease aggression, improve focus, and enhance sleep in both dogs and their humans.

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Bringing A Puppy Home: Your Complete Guide

There are many things to think about when you look at bringing a new puppy into your family. From how to pick out the right puppy to what you will need to prepare for your puppy’s arrival, there is so much to plan for! The planning doesn’t stop after your newest family member comes home either. The life of a new puppy owner is almost as hectic as the life of a new parent. Fortunately for a puppy owner, the baby phase is much shorter and much less expensive than having a human child.

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To Pinch Or Not To Pinch Collar? Pros, Cons & How To Use

Figuring out the best way to train your pup can be challenging. However, some methods are more controversial than others. A pinch collar for dogs, also known as a prong collar, is one method for leash training that elicits a lot of opinions. No matter what you think about pinch collars, people commonly use them to help their pups overcome leash pulling and other issues.

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Shetland Sheepdog: An Active & Intelligent Herder

Let’s dive in to find everything a prospective Shetland Sheepdog owners need to know about “shelties,” including where they originate, how they look, appearance, and more. Are you thinking about getting a Shetland Sheepdog? This guide has all you need to know about the breed.

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8 Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

Fear, anxiety and unusual activities and visitors can all pose threats to our pets during this holiday. Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep your dog safe and happy…

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Pitbull Mixes: 30 Different Adorable Cross Breeds

As with all mixed-breed lists, this is not a complete collection. However, we feel it is comprehensive enough to give you a good picture of the mixes you may see in a shelter. These mixes are unique and handsome dogs who have plenty of love to give. By doing your part in providing these pooches a second chance at life, you may help reshape the opinion the world holds of Pitbulls– mixes or not.

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